Meet the team

Dr Rejoice Chipuriro

Post-Doctoral researcher

I am a social worker with 15 years post qualification experience mostly in community health, funding and third sector. My research focus is on gender and social justice within community work. My PhD focused on elderly women farmers as a group seldom heard in socio-economic policy research. I collaborate with colleagues at the Centre for Seldom Heard Voices and the PIER partnership which reflects my research interests in community work with marginalised groups.

I am PI on a mental health research grant with asylum seekers which is funded by the NIHR Clinical Research Network Wessex. I am interested in the lived experiences of people from marginalised groups and seek to centre their voices to showcase their agency in the face of oppressive societal structures. This is a strength based approach to community social work practice.

I am a member of the African Feminist Initiative, Women’s Academic Network, BU’s anti-racist steering committee. I am also a Research Staff Association representative for the Faculty of Health and Social Science where I am actively involved in promoting BU research culture.

My current research is very relevant to my development as an educator. I am guided by pedagogical approaches that recognise and promote connection between research, education, and professional practice. When I design research or study programs and activities I am guided by Thompsons’ Personal, Cultural and Structural model for non- discriminatory practice to avoid prejudices which could undermine the voices of vulnerable people that I work with. I also apply Paulo Freire’s Participatory Action Research (PAR) which promotes self-awareness and raises critical consciousness for collaborative learning and transformation.


Research and Recent Publications
  • Baker, R.M., Chipuriro, R., Fenge, L.A., Porter, S. et al., 2023. Common health assets protocol: a mixed-methods, realist evaluation and economic appraisal of how community-led organisations (CLOs) impact on the health and well-being of people living in deprived areas. BMJ open, 13 (3), e069979.
  • Chipuriro, R., 2023. Vulnerabilities, power, and gendered violence in food systems. Agenda, 37 (1), 62-71.
  • Chipuriro, R.M. and Batisai, K., 2018. Unsung heroines and violence for the land: narratives of elderly women farmers’ experiences in South Africa and Zimbabwe. Agenda, 32 (4), 54-64.
Current Research Areas:

NIHR Clinical Research Network Wessex 2023: Generating new insights into Asylums seekers’ lived experiences with community based mental health care support services


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